Slow Cooker Venison Stew. Stunning venison stew with root vegetables cooked from scratch in the slow cooker or crockpot. An easy dump and start slow cooker venison stew for an easy family dinner.
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Slow Cooker Venison Stew
This slow cooker venison stew is part of our stews and casseroles theme this month on Recipe This that is inspired by grandparents. Grandparents around the world that have influenced us in the food that we were raised on and love.
More specifically the old school cooking that is so delicious and comforting yet gives us that amazing trip down memory lane.
My paternal grandparents introduced me to delicious baked goods. Whilst my maternal grandparents introduced me to delicious fruit and vegetables and hearty comfort meals.
Today is exactly 21 years ago since my maternal Grandma passed away. She was an amazing grandma and would pick me up from school when I was young.
But it was my grandad that excelled in the kitchen and he was an amazing cook. Quite often there is the association that with his generation men didn’t cook or even knew how to.
But my Grandad was an amazing cook and made the best stews, casseroles and hearty soups.
Though he did get drunk sometimes while making a stew, forget and salt it twice.
His stews would be like this slow cooker venison stew recipe that I am sharing with you today. Loaded with root vegetables which would have come from his allotment, whatever meat cut he had, and you would sit there in silence enjoying the great food.
He also introduced me to a lot of unusual cuts of meat that my parents never liked. Such as liver and black pudding. My mum was never impressed when I asked for black pudding on my English Breakfast!
That is why I wanted to make a slow cooker venison stew, because I wanted to share with you a delicious meat that many people don’t eat. The vegans will be sending me hate emails that I shouldn’t be eating Bambi and that is okay, because we all have our different views.
But for those of you that love your meat venison is one amazing cut of meat and very easy for making stews and casseroles in your slow cooker.
English Venison Stew
My slow cooker venison stew should really be called English Venison Stew as it is incredibly English and inspired by the English Stews of my childhood.
It is also a hearty yet quick venison stew thanks to the slow cooker. You can also mix and match the ingredients depending on what vegetables you have available right now. I also like to cook my slow cooker stews from the leftovers I have in that needs using up.
For example, you might have lots of swede (British for rutabaga) and carrots and you could use less potatoes in exchange for more root vegetables. Or have more tomatoes in your venison stew for a more lighter venison stew.
In my perfect English Venison Stew I love to include the following Venison Stew Ingredients:
If you follow Paleo and want a Paleo Venison Stew you could swap white potatoes for sweet potatoes or if you can’t get any swede you could add turnips.
I just like to follow the frugal principle of using up your leftovers.
Leftover Venison Stew
Talking about leftovers, venison stew is fantastic for freezing for later. What I do is I fill my slow cooker to bursting with my venison stew and take the slow cooker to the dining table for a family meal.
Then what is leftover, will go into freezer containers and be saved for another time.
All you have to do is to make sure it is cool when you freeze it and that you remember to label it. There is nothing worse than going to the freezer to find some food and wondering what on earth it is.
What Herbs Go With Venison Stew?
My favourite herbs that I used in my venison stew were:
- Bouquet Garni
- Garlic Chives
- Salt & Pepper
It may sound basic. But bouquet garni is a fantastic mixed herb that is most famous in French cookery. It is easy to source on Thrive Market and you can use it in a lot of casseroles and stews. Many American’s will have heard of it thanks to Julia Child’s Mastering The Art Of French Cooking.
I also love garlic chives. If you have not heard of them, it is when you plant a whole garlic bulb and the green roots that it generates are edible. They are like the nicest fresh chive you have ever tried and produce about 4 lots from each garlic you plant.
How To Thicken Venison Stew?
I have a fantastic method when it comes to thickening venison stew, without adding in unnatural thickeners.
What I will do first is grab my ladle and ladle out a few ladles of leftover liquid. The liquid comes off the fat of the venison as well as the water left behind from the tinned tomatoes.
After I have done this, I will use my hand blender and blend a couple of potatoes or some of the root vegetables. This creates a creamy sauce and when stirred will result in a thicker venison stew.
I do this for all my stews and casseroles in the slow cooker and its quick and the ladles you have removed can be placed in the freezer as venison stock for the next time you want to make venison stew or any other meal with venison.
As well as this you can mix and match your stock. For example if you have no venison stock you can use lamb stock instead.
How To Slow Cook Venison Stew?
To slow cook venison stew is easy. You prep your venison stew vegetables and place them into your slow cooker along with your venison that you have diced.
Your stock will be added in as well as your tinned tomatoes and seasoning.
That is it, your venison stew now cooks on slow and all you have to do is decide what you’re going to serve your venison stew with.
What To Serve Venison Stew With?
I love to have my venison stew as it is in a bowl and just feel that warm bowl in my hand during the colder months.
But I know its also nice to have your venison stew served with sides and after all, that way the venison stew can stretch to more mouths and make plenty more for the freezer for another day.
Here are a few serving suggestions for the venison stew:
Slow Cooker Venison Stew
- Peel and dice your swede, carrot, sweet potato and white onion.
- Chop your venison into stew chunks using a sharp knife.
- Load into the slow cooker your vegetables and venison.
- Clean and thinly slice your garlic chives.
- Pour in your tinned tomatoes, seasonings and venison stock.
- Mix well.
- Place the slow cooker on high for 5 hours or low for 7 hours.
- Use a ladle to remove any of the excess liquid and using a hand blender, blend some of the root vegetables to thicken the stew.
- Season with extra salt and pepper if you feel it needs extra.
- 1Serve warm.